How to maintain your patio furniture

Patio furniture otherwise known as outdoor furniture can be a great way to define your outdoor living space. With the help of patio furniture, you can either have a party or have a private meeting.  or spend a lonely time in your outdoor patio space. There’s almost no limit to what you can do or the level of comfort you can get from having a patio furniture.

In as much as having a patio furniture can be a great idea for your patio space, it is also important that you know how to maintain your patio furniture and take good care of them. Regardless of the quality of your outdoor furniture, poor maintenance can wear-off your patio furniture and make them look old quickly. In some cases, your outdoor furniture gets to damage quickly when not properly maintained.

It would definitely not be a thing of joy if after searching for the best patio furniture and spending money to acquire it and then you get to dispose in a short while. But for many persons who do not know how to maintain their garden furniture, this is most likely a familiar experience. But you don’t want to experience such for sure! It can be quite annoying.

Knowing how to take care of your patio furniture would help you enjoy your outdoor living space more, and that is why we wrote this article. The big question now is how do you take care of your patio?

There are 2 main ways to take care of your patio furniture and maintain them to last long and they are:

  1. By Cleaning properly
  2. By Storing/Covering them properly

Cleaning properly

A lot of persons would claim that they cleaned their outdoor furniture and yet it lost its attractiveness and new look within a short while. Well, I would disagree with that. But in most cases, we clean our patio furniture the wrong way. It is one thing to clean your patio furniture, and it is another thing to clean it “properly”.  Proper cleaning of your patio furniture can make the difference.

Sometimes we go too harsh on our outdoor furniture when cleaning it and it is wrong. Washing your garden furniture thoroughly and using hard cleaning agents such as bleaches to wash your outdoor furniture can be bad. It is generally advisable you wash your furniture once in a month, and with light furniture cleaners. Using a recommended patio furniture cleaner on outdoor furniture stain can be helpful.

Every type of patio furniture requires a different way to clean it. Although, it is important to wipe off any corrosive dirt or substance on your patio furniture as soon as you see them.

How to clean a Plastic Furniture

Cleaning a piece of plastic patio furniture can be as simple as this:

First, wash away the upper layer of dirt with water. Then you get a gallon of warm water and add ¼ cup of mild dish-washing liquid or gentle detergent. Now use a soft-bristle brush or sponge to scrub the furniture gently. After this, allow the furniture to dry.

How to clean a Metal Furniture

As for metal patio furniture, it is first important to note that, most furniture has a rust-resistant coating and this is because metal furniture is made of iron, steel, or aluminum. But in case your outdoor metal furniture has rust or mold, make use of fine-grit sandpaper to take it off. After which you can wipe with soapy water.

For corrosive dirt such as bird droppings, it is necessary you wash them off as soon as you notice it. First, wash it with soapy water, then make use of naval jelly or paste wax on the metal furniture in other to avoid corrosion and rusting.

How to clean a Wooden/Teak Furniture

Making use of wood for outdoor furniture can be a cool idea, but doesn’t require tough cleaning. Patio wooden furniture requires more attention and care, unlike patio plastic furniture.

In case your wooden patio furniture is been coated with exterior-grade varnish, you can clean it with soapy water mixed with outdoor furniture oil.

Also, when it comes to softwoods such as cedar, you can scrub out the dirt in the direction of the wood grain. Then you clean the furniture with a wet rag and dry with a towel. For some outdoor wooden furniture, you would have to do some oil coating on it after washing (first check the wooden furniture manufacturer).

Dirt, grime and bird droppings on outdoor teak furniture can lead to quick mildew growth. All you need to do for a piece of teak furniture is to scrub the area with soapy water. You don’t use oil for teak furniture as the oil can trap moisture in the wood and lead to mold growth.

How to clean a Wicker Furniture

When buying a patio wicker furniture, it is important to know if it is a piece of natural or synthetic wicker furniture. These 2 types of outdoor wicker furniture have different ways of cleaning them. Natural wicker furniture can easily break and get damaged, and it is advised to only wash it two times a year.

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When cleaning a piece of natural wicker furniture, mix a gallon of water and a little gentle soap. Then soak a cloth with the mixture and scrub the furniture gently. After that, rinse the furniture with clean water, and dry immediately.

As for synthetic wicker furniture, they are stronger than the natural wicker furniture. They have UV and weather-resistant coatings. When dirty, you can wash this patio furniture by scrubbing with a mixture of gentle soap and water. After washing, make sure you dry with a towel.

How to clean a Fabric Furniture and Cushions

Fabric furniture and cushions require a different type of care. Outdoor fabrics might seem to be durable, but that does not mean you can wash it anyhow and anytime you want to. It is advisable that before washing the fabric or cushion, first test the solution in a hidden area.

After washing the fabric, make sure it gets dry before packing them. Also, make sure you do not machine-wash your pillows and cushions unless stated by the manufacturer. Although you can machine-wash chair cloths and hammocks by making use of a mild cycle.

Storing/Covering them properly

It is one thing to clean your outdoor patio furniture and it is another thing to store them properly. Storing and covering your outdoor furniture the right way, protects them against harsh weather and in some cases animals/pests. For instance, if you cover your patio furniture that is made of wood or teak, you prevent bird droppings from causing any havoc. Also, you don’t want to be away from home and begin to feel worried about your wooden outdoor furniture when it starts raining. So it is better to be prepared before these havocs spoil your outdoor furniture and investment.

Ways to protect your outdoor furniture by storing/covering them

Basically, there are 2 ways to prevent these havocs from spoiling your patio furniture. They are by either covering the furniture or by storing them in an enclosed area. Whichever way, providing shelter for your patio furniture in most cases can come in handy. Building a shelter in your patio can do the job of a storage area to a far extent. What you need the shelter for is to protect the furniture against sunny or rainy or snowing weather. The protection which a shelter provides is almost the same as that of a storage area. It is left for you to make your choice.

You wonder, “but my furniture manufacturer stated that the furniture can withstand any weather”. Well, they are not lying. But in other to make your furniture last longer, protecting them against harsh weather conditions becomes important. A perfect explanation for this is when you get 2 synthetic resin patio furniture, and expect them to stay for long the same time, whereas you cover one and leave the other exposed to direct sunlight. They might both stay for long, but the one that is always covered when not in use would definitely last longer. While the other one would first lose its color before the other, and would most probably spoil first.

There are several outdoor furniture covers to choose from. Regardless of your furniture size and width, there is a cover for it.

Check out the top 10 best outdoor furniture covers

DO’s and DON’T’s When Maintaining an Outdoor Furniture

Having known how to clean the different types of patio furniture, here are the DO’s and DON’T’s of maintaining outdoor furniture.

DO’s

  • Always clean and wash off every grim and dirt, especially bird droppings, as soon as you see them.
  • Always cover your outdoor furniture and garden furniture when you are not using them.
  • Always try to keep your garden furniture dry.

DON’T’s

  • Don’t place your patio wooden furniture on a grass surface. What you might not know is that the moisture from the ground can rot the wood over time.
  • Don’t leave fabrics and cushions outside
  • Don’t make use of harsh and corrosive detergents or soap for washing/cleaning your patio furniture.
  • Don’t wash your outdoor furniture always or after every use. Depending on the furniture, you can wash it once in a month or once in 2 or 3 months. This would help retain the newness.

Basically, all your outdoor patio furniture need is caring to survive and serve you for long. Knowing when to clean it, how to clean it, and how to protect it against harsh weather is key. By doing so, you would get more value for your money spent and you would enjoy your outdoor living space more!

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How to keep your patio and outdoor pest-free

There is no doubt that a patio is a place for relaxation and comfort. Also, it can be used to attend to guests. But in some cases, staying in your patio and outdoor area can be hell, and this is due to pests and bugs. Until you know how to keep your patio and outdoor space pest-free, you would not have a pest-free patio, and there is no way you can enjoy the benefits that come with having one. A pest-free patio or outdoor living space is always enjoyable and entertaining.

These pests do not care about your comfort in your own outdoor space. Getting rid of them is the only way you can make use of your patio and enjoy the comfort and relaxation it brings. In this article, I would be discussing with you several effective steps to take in other to have a pest-free patio and enjoy your outdoor living space without being bugged by bugs.

Clean up your patio

The first step to making sure that you have a pest-free patio and that those pests that make you uncomfortable in your patio are gone for good, is by cleaning your patio. Regardless of your patio size, structure or design, in other to get rid of pests in your patio, you need to make sure it is clean.

After having a nice meal with your family or friends in your patio, there is every tendency that there would be drops on the floor. This would definitely attract ants and other pests if not cleaned up. The cleaner your patio, the higher your chances of having a pest-free patio, and the lesser the pests that get to disturb you.

You might be wondering how often you should clean your patio. Well, cleaning your patio depends on how well you use it. A bachelor that spends more time at the office can clean his patio once or twice a week, or every 2 weeks. But a man who is married with children, especially little children, might end up getting his patio cleaned every day or every time it is been used. It is left for you to know when to clean it.

Also, it is important that you wipe and sweep off the liquid and edible substances as soon as the pour or fall. Cleaning up your patio can provide a long-term solution. Ways to keep your patio clean and repel pest are by mowing the grasses, getting rid of every stagnant water, sweeping of dirt, etc. By doing so, you are on your way to having a pest-free patio.

Burn Citronella Candles

This Citronella candles can serve as an outdoor insect repellent. Also, some persons refer this candle to be a mosquito repellent candle. Burning citronella candles in your patio can be an effective means of getting rid of pests in your patio.

This insect repellent candle does not have a side effect on humans and can help chase insects very quickly. Also, this insect repellent candle can give your patio a beautiful aroma and a nice glow at night. Another candle that can serve this same purpose is the Geraniol candle.

Although this might be an effective means of keeping insects and pests away from your patio, it is not a long-term or permanent solution to having a pest-free patio.

Change Your Outdoor Lighting

If you have a white bulb and have watched closely, you would notice that bugs and flies are very attracted to white bulbs. Having white bulbs in your patio can attract pests, and changing the color of your bulb would be of help.

It is advisable you get yellow bulbs or sodium vapor lights as the yellow glow does not attract insects.

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Bug lantern

Getting a bug lantern for your patio is another effective means of getting your patio free from pests and insects. This bug lantern gets to attract bugs into the light and then kill them.

Although when using this bug lantern, it is advisable to keep them away from your dinner table or food.

Spray Hydrogen Peroxide

Spraying hydrogen peroxide in your patio and outdoor space is an effective way of repelling pests and insects. Just get hydrogen peroxide and mix it with water and you are good to go. With the mixture, spray your patio surface and boundary and also make sure you do not spray it around drinks of food as it can be poisonous. This can serve as a good insect repellent for patio.

Fan

Getting a fan for your patio can be a means to repelling insects, especially flying insects like mosquitoes and house fly. The breeze the fan produces would definitely be enough to blow them away.

Grow Herbs and Helpful Plants

Growing some plants around your patio can serve as an insect repellent. Plants like Lavender has a nice smell, although insects hate it and would not stay in an area where this plant is. Also, Garlic and rosemary plant can repel biting insects. You can also choose to have a chive and lemongrass garden as it can help keep at bay other pests.

Also, planting flowers such as calendula and marigolds can be of help to your patio as they would not only add color to your patio but also give you the pest-free patio that you need.

Mouthwash

Mouthwash can help make your patio free from insects and pests. All you need to do is to mix the mouthwash and water and spray it around your patio.

Insects hate the smell of mints and mouthwash would repel them.

Essential Oils

Essential oils can help deter insects and pests in your patio. Just spray water alongside eucalyptus, lavender, citronella and witch hazel around your patio. You can also spray it on yourself while enjoying your patio and you would have a pest-free comfort in your patio.

This can serve as a natural bug repellent for yourself or around your patio to prevent insects. Make sure that you don’t spray them on foods or drinks.

Insect Repellent Device

There are insect repellent devices that can help keep pests away from your patio. All that you need to do is to plug and play, and you get to watch pests go away. This insect repellent device is very effective and can help you enjoy your patio.

Major Patio Insects and How To Contain Them

When planning to have a pest-free patio, it is necessary that you know exactly what insect(s) that is troubling you. Here are the 4 major outdoor patio insects that disturb and simple hacks on how to contain them.

Ants

Make sure that you sweep and clean up your patio after every meal. Also use soapy water to clean areas where ants have been, by doing so you get to remove their pheromone trails that invite repeat visitors.

Bee

Don’t plant plenty of flowers around your outdoor space as flowers naturally attract bees due to the pollen and nectar. Also, avoid leaving empty cans or sticky remnants from honey, ice cream, syrup or other foods because it attracts bees (and also ants).

Flies

You can stop flies from flying around your outdoor patio by hanging insect netting around your patio and closing the net when spending time in your patio. Also, using fly strips would help as it would attract the flies and get them stuck.

Mosquitoes

Preventing mosquitoes from being a pest in your outdoor living space is as simple as burning citronella candles when in your patio or make sure there is no stagnant water around your patio.

Conclusion

You deserve to enjoy the comfort and relaxation that comes with owning an outdoor patio, and the tips shared in this article would definitely be of help to you. Implement these tricks and watch how your patio becomes free from pests. Feel free to ask questions or make contributions on how to have a pest-free patio.

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How to plan your patio: Things to consider

An outdoor patio provides you with comfort, relaxation, and even entertainment. Also, an outdoor space can act as an agent of bonding for the family as it brings the family together. When structured properly, the patio can be more than just an outdoor space. There is no limit to the amount of fun and relaxation you can get from your outdoor space when you plan your patio.

Whether you are looking at erecting a patio in your yard, or you want to restructure an already built patio, there are certain factors that must be considered in other to get the best out of it. You need to plan your outdoor living space the right way in other to enjoy it better. When you create a good plan for your outdoor living space, you get yourself on the way to owning a beautiful and functional patio.

Planning for a functional and beautiful outdoor area goes beyond just considering the size and your budget. That is why you have this article to guide you on how to plan your patio.

Here are factors to consider:

The purpose of the Patio

The first question that you should answer when planning to set-up or renovate your patio and outdoor living space is, “why do I need this?”.

Being able to honestly answer this question get you on track. You would know why you need it and then have a better mental picture of what you want. I am sure you get this.

Some persons might just need a cool outdoor living space to relax during evening time and weekends. While some persons might need a place to have good family time. And some persons might need a place to entertain their guests. The list of needs an outdoor living space can meet goes on and on, and it is up to you to decide.

You might want to examine your intentions properly and then you would know why you need a functional patio. This particular factor is a major one to consider as it would affect almost every other factor.

Pick the right position

What part of your yard would accommodate what’s in your mind? Although, in most cases, the backyard is used for this purpose. When picking the right position for your patio, it is important that it is close to the house for easy accessibility.

Also, it would be an added advantage if there is a drainage system around the area you want to use for your patio. Getting the right position for your outdoor living area would help you create a better plan on how the patio would look.

On the other hand, you might have limited options when picking a position if you have a small yard.

Get the right size

So, you need to get the right size, or at least have an estimate for effective planning. Get to know the size that can contain what you want and find out if your yard can accommodate it. If it can’t, then you might want to take away some functionalities.

If for instance you plan on building a pool and dining by your patio and you discovered that your yard would not accommodate both, you can remove one from the plan. Just pick the most important.

What materials do you want?

The type of materials you would use in your outdoor patio would help determine what your patio would look like. There are several building materials to choose from and they are concrete, brick, natural stone, flagstone, and terrazzo.

It is vital to understand that an outdoor patio is like an extension of your house and should be built to complement the main building. So, choose materials that correspond to that of the house and the surrounding.

Details and Features

In other to make the most out of your outdoor patio, you need to consider some details and features. Amenities such as firepit, planters, flowers, fountains or a mini pool can brighten up your outdoor living space and make it more enjoyable.

All these details and features have their visual details and can help create a captivating landscape.

Plan your plantings

Definitely, you want to include friendly plants and flowers around your outdoor patio. But when not planned and done properly, it can make a mess out of your patio.

When planning how the plants are to be in your outdoor patio, the size and structure of the plant should be considered. Regardless of whether the plants are complex or simple, patio plantings improve the value of the time you spend in your patio.

Shelter

By including a good shelter in your outdoor patio, you can get to enjoy your outdoor space any time you wish to. Having a shelter in your patio can help shield from weather conditions such as sun, rain, cold, wind and snow.

This shelter can also help prevent bad weather from damaging your outdoor patio furniture and gadgets. It is definitely important unless your outdoor living area is one you won’t be using very well.

Maintenance

Ability to maintain everything that would make up your patio is also an important factor to consider. If a material would cost above your budget to maintain, then don’t get it. Also, if you won’t have the time to maintain some of the materials in your outdoor space, then getting an alternative would be better.

This would help avoid unnecessary future cost, damages, and waste that might end up making your outdoor patio less functional.

Seating arrangement

The seating arrangement should also be considered. If you would include dining in your outdoor space, then it should be planed properly. It is also important to take note of the seat material and what they are made of.

There are different outdoor chairs to choose from. Spacing the seats for effectiveness is also necessary. For instance, you can arrange some seats by the grilling stand and some by the pool. It all depends on your choice.

Budget

This is the last factor to consider, and as the saying goes, “save the best for the last”. In this case, this is a very vital part of planning your new patio. Now that you know what you want in your patio and what you want it to be like, how about financing it?

After having a mental picture and a better understanding of why you need a functional outdoor living space, the next thing to look at is your wallet. Yes, Your wallet.

Do you have the money to fund the project in your head?

How much do you have to spare for this project?

Creating a realistic budget would help you know what you are going to get. Also, setting a budget would help limit the tendency to overspend.

Bonus tip: Draw a plan yourself

This is an additional factor to consider. It is secondary but quite helpful.

You can choose to pick up a pencil and draw on a piece of paper what you have in mind. It does not have to be a professional, it is just for you to know what you are planning to build.

The bottom line is to do enough research because it would help you. Remember that your outdoor living space would stay for long when built and its level of effectiveness and functionality can only be determined by you.

Enjoy!

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